Capacity building

AMBIO has established itself as an organization recognized nationally and internationally for operating under the scheme of strengthening local capacities within working communities.

The purpose of the Organization is to promote sustainable rural development in a comprehensive, harmonious manner, in accordance with a gender perspective, rescue of culture and contribute to raising the socioeconomic levels of the communities in which it works.

This line of action is developed transversally to the lines of action of Integral Management of the Territory, as well as to the Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change, since all the work carried out in these lines of action, affect the development and strengthening of local capacities.

With the rational management of natural and environmental resources, the local capacities of social organizations, rural communities and organized groups are strengthened.

Likewise, to achieve these objectives, a collaborative work is carried out with Academic Institutions, government agencies, credit institutions, associations and civil societies and national and international non-governmental organizations.

Some activities for the strengthening of capacities that have been carried out with training and workshops, which include the implementation of activities from the communities, are:

  • Environmental awareness
  • Diversification of income from the learning of better techniques of cultivation and transformation of products
  • Use of ecological stoves in homes
  • Use of UV water filters
  • Techniques for fire management and forest fire protection
  • Agroforestry systems
  • Pest management
  • Gender Perspective
  • Rescue of herbal medicine
  • Geographic information systems to local technicians
  • Collection and management of forest seeds

These activities have yielded results within the communities. The development of new skills and the integration of what has been learned, has derived in lessons learned from the implementation of the projects.

The identification, training and strengthening of community or regional technicians   is a way in which Ambio promotes and promotes its actions within the communities with which it has links. In addition, these capacities are directed towards the development of the communities themselves.

The community agroforestry nurseries are the result of the exchange of experiences of the participants. From the collection and management of agroforestry seeds, threatened or endangered species have been reproduced, such as:

  • White Cedar (Cedrela odorat, special protection)
  • Amargoso tree (Vatairea lundellii, danger of extinction)
  • Pinus Chiapensis (Pinus chiapensis, special protection)
  • Black cork (anomalous Guatteria, threatened)
  • Walnut (Juglans pyriformis, threatened)
  • Red Cedar (Cedrela salvadorensis, special protection)

In the formation of human capital, a Network of Local Specialized Technicians was established in the management of agroforestry systems, as well as the construction of wood-saving stoves, which allow improving the health of families by avoiding respiratory diseases.

Likewise, we have trained personnel for the biological monitoring of biodiversity, focused on bird watching and vegetation monitoring.

The Community Brigades for the Management and Protection of Forest Fires are also the result of the process of human capital formation at the local level, which allows solving local problems, with the learning of the global experience.

The learning of the communities has allowed to carry out a participative work that has allowed to develop local planning processes of the territory that help the decision making of the small producers, with a sustainable vision of the territory. The foregoing has generated an environmental awareness and a conservation vision within the communities where we work.

In the management of agricultural soils, agroecological techniques have been implemented that contribute to reduce the use of agrochemicals, avoid soil degradation and improve the health of people, by avoiding overexposure to harmful chemicals.

 

In terms of sustainable livestock, training has been developed for protein banks, forage conservation, cutting pastures and artificial insemination.

Another fundamental factor that enriches the projects is the participation of students who provide social service and volunteering with professional practices at AMBIO. They have taken around 40 pre-professional stays in the field, which act as a bridge between universities and the solution of community problems.

The participation of professional women from social services has generated a paradigm shift in the people of the communities where they have worked, with respect to the type of activities that women can develop.

The role of women in this process of community learning has led to a greater participation of women in the communities in the agroforestry processes, in the construction of , the Living Plans and in the diversification of the plots.

Finally, the participation of young people has been motivated by the Environmental Responsibility Program, which seeks to train community leaders with environmental awareness, with age ranges ranging from 13 to 25 years.

 

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